Langkawi. Island of legends. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
This island of the main of 104 islands located about the northwest coast of Malaysia, which are famous for the natural beauty, soft solar climate and a set of legends. Here untouched landscapes of the primitive wild nature, mysterious caves with stalactites and stalagmites, the mysterious world of sea depths and very clear water.
This island – paradise for the tourists who are adjusted on quiet rest in comfortable conditions, but outside city bustle.
All history of the island of Langkawi is connected with the well-known legend of the great princess, a legend who indulged by word of mouth generation behind generation. The princess Makhsuri, according to the legend, was unfairly accused of adultery and sentenced to death. On the deathbed she damned the island, having promised that Lankgavi will remain in desolation during seven generations. It is possible to call it coincidence, but actually, development, and then prosperity of the island began only with coming to power of the prime minister Datuk Seri to Mahathir of Muhammad who saw in the island the rich future as the world center of tourism and luxury rest.
In 1987 the Government of Malaysia announced the island the place of duty-free trade that became some kind of beginning of economic growth and prosperity.
Over the last ten years, the island inhabited generally by fishermen and peasants turned into the world center of tourism. In island heart – the town of Kuakh in modern duty free shops it is possible to find and buy everything that it is necessary for soul, but for this purpose tourists have to stay on the island not less than 72 hours.
More than 400 million dollars were invested in island economy over the last 10 years by the government of Malaysia. The most part of these means went for construction of hotels and development of the tourist sector.
The government also considers the island as the center of holding the largest national and international fairs and show. Today in its territory there is the International exhibition center of Makhsuri, and all hotels of Langkawi have possibilities of holding business meetings and conferences.
Here some of the international events which are held here:
In the last 20 years, and especially from 1987 to 1999 the number of the tourists who visited the island just huge increased and grew from 30000 people to 2 million a year. During this time the Langkawi airport increased three times, the new port was here too built. Langkawi was always the place attracting celebrities. Here Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabi and Nelson Mandela had a rest.